So I went to my Introduction to Acting class today, which I did all of the semester's homework for (13 things omg) last night. My teacher, before class even started, approached me and said he had read my journals (we had to do four of them) and that if I was going to be a Theater major, I would need an advisor, and that he would be happy to advise me.
So we went to his office after class, and he told me that I "absolutely have the talent for it" and that he'd seen that ever since I picked Hamlet's famous soliloquy as my first class monologue (!!!!!). He then went on to outline the classes I would need to take once my major change went through. I expressed my concerns about my GPA after this semester (given that I'm failing every class besides Acting) and he told me that if I'm academically dismissed, or put on academic probation, let him know as soon as I finished the appeal process. This is because he is a member of whatever group approves the appeals, and he'd be more than happy to vouch for me.
He then sent me to another teacher, the lighting director, with whom I had taken a class last semester thinking it was a prerequisite for Introduction to Acting. This was not the case; however, I got approval (enthusiastic approval!) from this teacher to do an independent study, which would supplement the class I did take with 2 extra credits. Wow, what luck! And a lot of hands-on experience with various theater tech.
I'm feeling great. Because of where this guy's office was, I left the Center of the Arts through the side door, and who should I run into but my new advisor? He's out having a smoke and chatting with a woman on her way in, and he introduces us--it's one of the most prominent theater teachers and stage directors, who recommends that I audition for "I Hate Hamlet" on Sunday. The bulletin asked for a "contemporary comedic monologue," which I have, but she told me that she'd heard I had a Hamlet monologue, and requested that I audition with that instead. So now not only do I have a much clearer picture of my academic future, but I have an audition on Sunday.
All this happened before noon. This might be the best day I've had since summer.